Waiting in Bujumbura…

A beautiful calm Saturday morning in Burundi. But things are not as they appear.  As we drove the 2.5 hours down through the gorgeous mountainous countryside yesterday from Kibuye to Bujumbura, I kept seeing our beautiful normal Burundi. Lush greens, layers of hills...

Hospital Feeding Pilot Program

Meet Suzanne Pesak.  She is a Dutch woman living here in Burundi with her family.  She approached me this past spring with an idea.  Suzanne had visited a hospital in Bujumbura and was concerned by the lack of basic care the patients received.  Many people can barely...

A Kenya Getaway

The final week in October was fall break for our children and we took the opportunity to see some African animals at the Nairobi Game Park with some friends.  We were flying to Kenya for our 3 day Africa Area Missionary Retreat for the Free Methodist Church that is...

Les Chutes

Some of you may have read my blues confession last week.  I appreciated reading your responses.  Sometimes what we need is a re-newed perspective.  That came in the form of a therapeutic trip upcountry for our  family.  It will be shared with you in parts (since we...

Confessions of a Blue Missionary

A personal update has been missing from this site for too long.  I have been waiting for the right feeling.  You know, the God is amazing, life is amazing, I am amazing feeling.  Well, it’s not happening.  Pretty much since we returned in August,  I have felt...

Life on my farm. (A post by Hannah)

Hi this is Hannah, Guess what, my guinea pig, Twix, just had a baby! Half of him is dark brown and black like his dad, Speedy Gonzales and the other half light brown and caramel like his mother, Twix. I am so happy! I named him Zeus, after the greek god. Zeus (the...

Sabbathing

We were chatting with our Rwandan friend who stays very active in helping the local church.  VERY active.  I knew Joel had been reading a book about Sabbath and so I asked our friend if he was observing the Sabbath in some way.  He laughed.  We laughed.  “It is...

The Foreign Place Called Home

After a 7 week whirlwind visit to Michigan and Indiana, we are back home again in Burundi.  It has been a week of rest and catching our breath, it has been a week of piano lessons and cinnamon rolls, and it has been a week of preparing for what is to come. Our first...

The Revolving Door

In 24 hours our family will return to the USA. We will be spending 7 weeks in Michigan and Indiana. We are excited and a bit overwhelmed by this upcoming trip. There are so many things we want to do in such a short time and we want to try to come back rested.  We look...

The Present, A Gift.

In 29 days we will visit the USA for 6 weeks.  We look forward to this trip.  We have been gone from the states for a year and a half, we are eager to see family, friends, and familiar places.  Josiah looks forward to an American hotdog.  Samuel dreams of Frosty Boy...